|Birth: ||Dec. 15, 1949|
|Death: ||Mar. 26, 1971|
Quang Tri, Vietnam
WHO IS A VETERAN?
A veteran is someone who at one point in their life wrote a blank check made payable in full to "The United States of America" - for an amount up to and including their very life! Author unknown.
JACOB B. BABIN: Beloved - Son, Brother, Patriot & Friend was KILLED IN ACTION in Vietnam - Jake was only 21 years old.
Jake was a wonderful son, brother and friend. The day before he died, Jake made a statement to Larry, one of his buddies and said; "I don't think I'm going to make it"! Jake was right in his premonition. Jake served his country with genuine honor in the US Army, Company A - 504th MP Battalion - 18th Military Police Brigade based in Phu Bai - I Corps, South Vietnam.
Jake was instantly KILLED IN ACTION in an ambush by North Vietnamese Army (NVA) regulars during combat operations, north of Hue, near Dong Ha, South Vietnam on 26 March 1971. Military Police convoy escorts were conducted from Vietnam, into Cambodia and Laos - along the DMZ border of North Vietnam.
"God and the Soldier, all men adore, in time of danger but not before - When the danger is passed and all things righted -God is forgotten, and the Soldier slighted." Kipling
Jake was engaged to his sweetheart in Massachusetts. He voluntarily extended his combat tour of duty past the required one year. Jake was killed in action with only 11 days left to go!
Jake was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Presidential Unit Citation. Jacob Benedict Babin is a true American Hero. He is an example of what a real man - a real patriot is! The word Hero is loosely used today - Jake was the real deal! He didn't flinch in the face of terrifying danger - he was a real American hero!
"Greater love hath no man than he lay down his life for his friend".
"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust, sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat". Theodore Roosevelt
Jake always made a difference in the lives of those he met. He was a rare and wonderful human being - a true good guy. Even after all of these years, there is rarely a day that I don't think of him. Jake consistently put others before himself. I've tried all of my adult life since Nam to be half the man Jake was - he set the bar really high! It makes me so sad that Jake never had the chance to become a husband and father. He would have been a wonderful husband and daddy! Jake has a special place in heaven - forever young and 21.
"I was that which others did not want to be. I went where others feared to go - and did what others failed to do. I asked nothing from those who gave nothing, and accepted the thought of eternal loss should I fail. I have looked into the face of terror - and felt the stinging cold of fear. I have cried, pained and hoped but, most of all - I have lived times others say were best forgotten. But, at least someday I will be able to say that I was proud to be a soldier". Captain George Skypeck - U.S. Army
Jake, thank you for giving more than the full measure - YOU GAVE ALL - for your friends - for your country. I am so sorry that you were killed, my brother! You are owed a debt that can never be repaid.
REMEMBER . . .
It's the Soldier - not the reporter, who gives you freedom of the press.
It's the Soldier - not the poet, who gives you freedom of speech.
It's the Soldier - not the organizer, who allows you to demonstrate.
It's the Soldier -, who salutes the flag, whose coffin is draped with the flag, who allows the protestor to burn the flag!!!
Thank you to all the soldiers and their families for their sacrifices . . .
Thank you, Jake Babin!
Freedom is not free!
Jacob B. Babin Jr.
SP 4, Co A, 504 MP BN
US Army - Vietnam
Forest Dale Cemetery
Plot: Section 22 Grave 51
Created by: Matthew Jenkins
Record added: May 21, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70192592